Grateful Dead Live at Silver Stadium on 1988-06-30
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Nice Green Onions w. jerry beaming.
Check out The Other One - Spooky.
Best I attended this year.
God Bless and enjoy.
Subject: 1st Show!!
Subject: Meat and Potatoes
The scene: after Alpine, Pittsburg, and SPAC, we were here for our hometown show. I don't remember who I actually went to this show with (Larry and Chard, I think), but once inside there were at least 20 people from Sutherland, so it was a fun time in that regard. My memory of this day gets a bit muddled with the 87 Silver Stadium show sometimes, but I do remember having a great time on this day.
The music: Set I: Box is always a fantastic tune to hear, especially as an encore or show opener. It takes a minute to sort out some volume problems for Phil's mic. Cold Rain follows, but there seems to still be some minor problems with the vocal volume. Brent gives the audience some of that Hammond magic in Minglewood, with both Bobby and Jerry taking turns with the slide afterward. "T right here in (long pause) Rochester." I think Bobby forgot where he was for a minute. Ramble has a good amount of energy (this is a song that I often think drags a bit). Some people think Far From Me is too much of a downer, but I disagree. This is a great song and I thoroughly enjoyed hearing it every time I got the chance.
Set II: the Green Onions jam was fun, but it just fizzled instead of going somewhere. That's fine, but at the show I remember being disappointed b/c I thought they were going to launch into something unexpected. The China>Rider is solid and has its peaks, but is not particularly outstanding compared with others of this era. Sampson is standard. Jerry makes me believe with this top-notch version of Believe it or Not. Truckin is nice with a great little build up prior to a very brief jam that moves into He's Gone. Although I'd heard He's Gone at Alpine just a few days after Nick's death (see my review of 6/23/88), this was a really special He's Gone for most everybody else in the Pittsford crew due to Nick's death just a couple of weeks prior. From an objective point of view, this also does have a really good "nothing's going to bring him back" section with Jerry, Bobby, and Brent all pitching in. Other One is nice and spacey. There is a big section of Thowin that drops out on this recording. Wharf>Thowin>Lovelight are all pretty standard for this era. A lot of us were thinking Knockin (par for the course after a Other>Wharf>Throw), so the Brokedown encore was a really nice treat.
Subject: Must of had a hot date
Subject: I disagree
Subject: You Could Hear it For Blocks ...
Subject: minor correction
Other than that, can't disagree with any reviews here.
Subject: Rochester Winner
It was a cloudy late afternoon, and rain was in the air (nothing like Hershey '85 or the SPAC show from several years earlier).
Nonetheless, Phil (who took the time to notice a lovely woman perched on her boyfriend's shoulders) counted the band into "Box". Jerry followed with a crisp "Cold Rain". I thought maybe Bob would add "Looks Like Rain" to complete the "rain" theme...but it was a pretty hot "Minglewood" instead. Speaking of Weir, he was playing a pink guitar that show. I don't think he used it for too many shows.
Anyway, the rest of the set was standard, but well played.
The second set was the real treat. The boys were tuning up and a smiling Garcia, layed down the "Green Onions" jam for a minute or two.
Then it was "China>Rider". Very well executed. Bobby did his best to "tear the whole building down" with a solid "Samson".
Then came a ballad by Jerry - I searched my memory bank to see if it was a revivale or cover . I found out it was the newly crafted "Believe it or Not". It was pretty well received, and while it may not have the power of a "Comes a Time", I was surprised the boys did not explore the rotation of that song in subsequent shows.
Anyhoo, a cooking "Truckin'" followed and then a dirgeful "He's Gone" took us to the Drumz.
Bobby cooked a slinky "Other One" and then we got solid renditions of "Wharf Rat and Throwing Stones". I had been to SPAC on the 28th and knew they had closed with "Not Fade", so..... we got "Lovelight". Not the best version ever, but a nice switch.
Looking back, this was probably the last year the band was able to play relatively smaller venues (although nothing like the intimacy of the late 70's and early 80's). After 1988, the GD played far more huge stadiums: "RFK, JFK, Giants Stadium, Rich Stadium, Sullivan Stadium."
Subject: They never played a bad show in Rochester or upstate I am aware of
Subject: 2nd silver stadium show
Subject: great show
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